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The foreign policy of all nations is played out on the United Nations' stage. And the United States is the single most dominant player.

Bill Bans "Terrorist" Ambassadors
President Obama signed a bill banning UN ambassadors with ties to terrorism from entering the US, but he retained discretionary power for the presidency.

Ukraine: Back To The Brink?
U.S., UN, and NATO officials fear that an escalation of tensions in eastern Ukraine might herald more Russian intervention.

NATO Charter Article 5
President Obama has mentioned NATO Article 5 several times during the Ukraine Crisis. What is Article 5? Check here.

Russian Troops Worry NATO, US
At the NATO Brussels Forum March 21, 2014, NATO leaders expressed resolve against further Russian aggression, even as they worried more might be imminent.

U.S., West Watch Crimea Referendum
Russia vetos anti-referendum resolution in United Nations while world awaits Crimean vote.

US-Russian Cooperation: Apollo-Soyuz, 1975
The Apollo-Soyuz mission in July 1975 ushered in a new era in US-Russian foreign policy and set the stage for decades of successful cooperation in space.

U.S. Advice For Travelers To Sochi Olympics
The U.S. State Department doesn't advise Americans to stay away from the Sochi Olympics, but they do advise caution and limited patriotic display while there.

Violence In Central African Republic, South Sudan
Understanding the U.S. diplomatic role in the violence in the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

Samantha Power Tries To Avert Genocide
American ambassador Samantha Power seeks diplomatic solution to avert genocide in central Africa.

Asteroid Hunting With The UN

What Is The Korean War Armistice That North Korea Just Invalidated?
On March 11, 2013, North Korea declared the Korean War armistice invalid. Here is a look at the Korean War, the armistice, and American foreign policies involved in both.

North Korea Threatens To Engulf Washington in "Sea of Fire"
On March 7, 2013, North Korea threatened to engulf Washington D.C. in a "sea of fire" with a nuclear missile attack after the United Nations strengthened sanctions against the communist country.

North Korea Triggers Third Nuclear Test
On February 12, 2013, North Korea conducted its third nuclear test, angering the U.S., U.N. and other members of the international community.

New Sanctions Against North Korea
North Korea's war of words over its missile program heated up once again in late January 2013. Responding to a December 2012, North Korean missile launch in violation of international mandate, the United Nations on January 22 levied another round of sanctions against the communist country. In turn, North Korea vowed retaliation against South Korea and the United States.

United Nations Treaty On Mercury Pollution
The United States and more than 139 other nations have agreed to a first-ever treaty limiting mercury pollution.

Rice Withdraws From Secretary Of State Consideration
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration for the Secretary of State position on December 13, 2012.

U.N. Warns Of Growing Syrian Humanitarian Crisis
As the United Nations warned of a growing humanitarian crisis resulting from the Syrian civil war, the United States announced it was raising its humanitarian relief commitment by $34 million.

Obama, Bibi, And A Nuclear Iran
U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agree that Iran cannot have nuclear weapons, but their policies reveal a mix of personal style and politics.

Obama at 2012 U.N. General Assembly
President Obama gave his traditional speech at the 2012 United Nations General Assembly in New York September 25, 2012, but he held no meetings with other state leaders. That is a rarity for any American president.

Michelle Obama, Olympic Diplomat
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama was America's lead diplomat in London at the opening of the 2012 Olympics.

Berlin Olympics Caused U.S. Policy Furror
The 1936 Olympic games, held in Nazi Germany, were among the most controversial of the modern Olympic Games. They sparked debate in American foreign policy whether the U.S. should boycott the event.

When The U.S. Boycotted The Summer Olympics
The 1980 Olympics became enmeshed in American foreign policy as the U.S. boycotted the games to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.

U.S. and Russia Hold Bilateral Meeting At G20
U.S.-Russian bilateral meeting to highlight Russian stance on Syria, Afghanistan.

The U.N. and Syria
Kofi Annan declares that U.N. plan for peace in Syria is not working, and he blames Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad for its failure. Still, he has not given up on a peace plan for Syria.

NATO Summit Brings Obama Victory
The NATO 2012 summit in Chicago brought President Barack Obama a diplomatic victory on European missile defense.

G8 2012 List of Declarations
The G8 group of industrial nations that met at Camp David in May 2012 made a list of important, but predictable declarations.

NATO Meets in Chicago
NATO leaders meet in Chicago May 20-21, 2012, to discuss future of NATO missions and funding.

G8 Meeting At Camp David
The G8 nations plan a summit for May 18-19, 2012, at Camp David.

Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, first opened for signing in 1968, was the first major international treaty aimed at curbing the development of nuclear weapons.

North Korea Missle Watch
The United States and the international community were on North Korea missile watch in mid-April 2012 as that country announced plans to launch a satellite into orbit.

The U.S. and Great Britain: The Special Relationship After World War II
Diplomatic events in the "special relationship" between the United States and Great Britain after World War II.

Obama Reaffirms U.S. Support For Israel At AIPAC Meeting
President Barack Obama's speech at the March 2012 meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee reaffirmed his comittment to U.S.-Israeli relations.

U.S. Officials Angry Over Arab League Plan Failure
Russia and China's double veto in the U.N. February 4, 2012, of an Arab League plan to stop violence in Syria caused angry reactions from American officials.

The Fourteen Points
The Fourteen Points were Woodrow Wilson's ambitious plan for peace at the end of World War I.

Wartime Origin Of The United Nations
The United Nations, which celebrates its birthday on October 24, was born of Allied conferences in World War II.

US Congress Blocks Aid To Palestine
The United States Congress as frozen aid to Palestine.

Early U.S.-Palestinian Relations
The U.S., Israel and Palestine have a long history of rocky diplomatic relations.

U.N. Declares Famine in Somalia
On July 20, 2011, the United Nations declared a famine in drought-stricken Somalia. The United States immediately raised its allocation of foreign aid to help starving Somalis.

Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET)
The Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) monitors global climate, agricultural, and market conditions in an attempt to predict and prepare for famines.

Leal v. Texas, 2011
In the case of Leal v. Texas, the United States Supreme Court refused to authorize a stay of execution for convicted murderer Humberto Leal. The State of Texas executed Leal by lethal injection just an hour after the Supreme Court made its decision on July 7, 2011.

The United Nations
A profile of the United Nations, the world's only universal membership inter-governmental organization.

Who Is Ban Ki Moon?
Who is the new United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon? Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy - offers this short bio.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice
Susan Rice is U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Learn more about her background, education and experience,

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad
Zalmay Zhalilzad is the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Learn more about his background, education and experience.

Can the U.N. Security Council Be Fixed?
The U.N. Security Council is notoriously problematic and often ineffective. But can it be fixed?

The International Criminal Court
The new International Criminal Court targets war crimes.

A Photo Tour of the United Nations
The United Nations is the only organization encompassing every government on Earth. The photos here show the major elements of U.N. headquarters in New York City.

Law of the Sea Treaty
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea has been ratified by most countries, but not the United States.

Poll Says Americans Support the United Nations
Americans support the United Nations according to a new poll. Keith Porter, your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy, looks at the numbers.

Obama Shakes Up Foreign Policy Team
President Barack Obama pulled off something of political coup on June 5, 2013, with a shuffle in his foreign policy team. The move may bring about a more aggressive Obama foreign policy.

2008 Candidates on the United Nations
The Council on Foreign Relations offers this summary of the 2008 presidential candidate's positions on United Nations reform and the role of the United Nations in world affairs.

The United Nations
This is the English language entry page to the U.N. web site.

How to Keep From Overselling or Underestimating the United Nations
David Shorr of the Stanley Foundation and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Mark Lagon resist both the skeptics and boosters of the United Nations by pointing toward appropriate expectations for the world body.

Reform at the United Nations
This the official UN site dealing with reform issues.

Web Sites in the UN System
An interactive global map for searching UN web sites.

United Nations Effectiveness
An initiative from the Stanley Foundation to improve United Nations operations.

The Heritage Foundation
Heritage has a number of policy papers critical of the United Nations and international organizations.

The Value of the United Nations
A 1999 discussion with John Bolton, Professor Ed Luck, and Keith Porter, the About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy

The United States Mission to the United Nations
The U.S. Mission is America's "embassy" at United Nations headquarters in New York. It is home to the office of the U.S. ambassador and staff.

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